Illinois Homeowners Win $5,000 in National DaVinci Roofscapes "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest

LENEXA, KAN. - Brigitte and Mike Meehan, homeowners in Elgin, Ill., have won the online public voting to receive a $5,000 cash grand prize in the DaVinci Roofscapes® 2014 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest.

Almost 1,000 votes were cast in the contest, with Brigitte Meehan’s “Trapped in Cookie Cutter Land!” entry generating the most votes of the five finalists. In her contest entry, the Elgin area homeowner explained how she wants to shake up and break the mold of being the “same as everyone else” in her 1,000+ home neighborhood. Meehan detailed her dream for the home that would include colorful new exterior products and landscaping.

"The judges saw the potential for dramatic change using color on the Meehan home exterior to get them out of Cookie Cutter Land," says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager at DaVinci Roofscapes. "As a finalist, this home was evaluated by national color expert Kate Smith, who worked to create an artist's rendering of what the home would look like transformed with colorful new products. She specified a new Brownstone blend polymer slate roof from DaVinci along with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection® fiberglass door and sidelites painted Cochineal Red. As a final touch she recommended the addition of new low-maintenance porch columns and a balustrade system from Fypon.

“Obviously the voting public saw the potential in adding ‘top down’ color to the home that will increase the overall curb appeal of the house and make it a stand-out in its neighborhood. For our 2014 contest, the Meehan home rose above more than 125 entries to capture the grand prize.”

When notified of her winning status, Meehan was excited by the prize money that will allow her to add color and new products to the exterior of her home.

“We’re surprised, happy and excited, all rolled into one,” says Meehan. “We love the rendering that the artist created that adds color and unique products to our home and can’t wait to get started with the transformation.

“To make this the home of our dreams, we’ll start by replacing all of our rotting trim and columns with durable, long-lasting Fypon. The roof of our home affects the overall look quite a bit, so to give our home some traditional charm, we’d love to replace our boring builder-grade roof shingles with a durable DaVinci roof. Plus, a colorful new Therma-Tru door and sidelites would be the ideal welcoming touch for our home.”

About DaVinci Roofscapes

The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture industry-leading polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company’s reliable products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci high-performing roofing products are proudly made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit


Photography: For images of the Meehan home plus the artist rendering, contact Kathy Ziprik at 828-890-8065 or


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